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Michael A. Pellegrino, headed regional funeral directors group April 22, 1961 -- April 5, 2007

Michael A. Pellegrino of Getzville, president of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association, died after shooting himself Thursday morning in the Seneca Niagara Casino. He was 45.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and the Simmons School of Funeral Services. Mr. Pellegrino was the owner of Perna-Pellegrino Funeral Home in Williamsville and Buffalo. He also owned North Buffalo Monuments.

A parishioner at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, he was a longtime member, and current president, of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association. He also belonged to the New York State Funeral Directors Association.

Mr. Pellegrino is survived by his wife, the former Constance Perna; two daughters, Kristina and Brianna; his mother, Anita; and two sisters, Deborah Dewey and Lisa Sanders.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville.

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